Enbrel and the Lupus connection

So interesting … did you know that Enbrel can create a Lupus-like syndrome? My blood work has recently shown Lupus markers, at a very low level, but enough to put my Rheumy on alert.  As a preventative measure I’ve been prescribed Plaquenil – that’s right folks, Malaria medicine.   Oh my … medicine is sooooo interesting.

Enbrel®, Humira®, and Remicade® are anti-TNF-α therapies approved for RA Although these drugs have been found to cause drug-induced lupus in some people (reversible when the medicine is stopped), they may be effective in treating the arthritis that can occur in lupus.  Lupus.org

Treatment with ENBREL® may result in the formation of autoantibodies (see ADVERSE REACTIONS: Autoantibodies) and, rarely, in the development of a lupus-like syndrome or autoimmune hepatitis … HealthCentral.com

Well the upshot is that I’m still OK, still playing my cello, and plugging away.  We will see how things play out in the next couple of months.  Fingers crossed!

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